Journal Social Media Editors (JSMEs)

The Journal Social Media Editors are a team of active microbiology researchers working to keep our community up to date about the latest articles and collections from the FEMS Journals. The JSME team also organize around awareness days and we help them to share their science communications work. You can find their social media posts on the following accounts:

Twitter: @FEMSmicro

Facebook: @FEMSmicro

LinkedIn: Federation of European Microbiological Societies

microLife journal Twitter account: @microLifeJrnl

Project Manager

Joseph Brooks Shuttleworth

Short bio: J
oseph is the Science Communications Officer at FEMS, where he leads on the digital media and marketing, internal and external communications, FEMS webinars, and the social media side of things. His time is spent managing various communications systems, projects, and volunteer teams with a SciComms focus.

Previous to FEMS, he worked in science communications in London at the Science Media Centre UK, and spent time as political factchecker for Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity. His academic background is in Natural Sciences (M.A. University of Cambridge) and the History and Philosophy of Science (M.Sc. University College London), with a focus on the Philosophy of Computing. Originally from Oxford (UK), as a school student student he spent 3 summers interning at the William Dunn School of Pathology, where he cultivated copious E. coli colonies and a love for microbiology.

Get in touch with him at joseph.shuttleworth “at”


JSME Volunteers

Maja Rischer

Journal: FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Short bio: Maja Rischer is from a small town in the east of Germany. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Master’s degree in Microbiology in the city of Jena, she enjoyed it so much that she also started her PhD there at the Hans Knöll Institute for Natural Product Chemistry and Infection Biology




Stefanie Allert

Journal: FEMS Microbiology Letters

Short bio: Stefanie Allert is from a small town in the east of Germany. After having studied Biochemistry at the University of Jena, she did her PhD in Microbiology. Currently she is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz institute for natural product research and infection biology, investigating human pathogenic fungi and their molecular pathogenicity mechanisms




Zehra Esra Ilhan

Journal: FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Short bio: Esra is currently a postdoctoral researcher at INRAE, France and she completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Arizona State University. She has a background in environmental microbiology and roles of microbiome in female health and metabolic diseases. Her current research focuses on bi-directional interactions between microbiomes and pharmaceuticals in the context of human health.




Sunday Omeike

Journal: Pathogens and Disease

Short bio: Dr. Sunday Omeike completed his PhD at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is currently a Microbiology lecturer at McPherson University in Ogun State, Nigeria. His major research area is possible discovery of novel antimicrobial compounds from bacteria in the Nigerian environment. Antibiotic resistance in endangered communities and science communication are also of high interest.




Sonja Billerbeck

Journal: FEMS Yeast Research

Short bio: Sonja holds a Master in Biochemistry from the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and a PhD in Bioengineering from ETH Zürich. After a postdoc in yeast Synthetic Biology at Columbia University in New York City, Sonja joined the University of Groningen as Assistant Professor in 2019. In her research, Sonja combines synthetic biology, genome engineering, protein engineering and environmental microbiology to access, understand and engineer the functional diversity of nature’s yeast-based mycobiome for applications in human health, industrial biotechnology and to answer fundamental questions on yeast (pathogen) biology.



Elisa Venturini

Journal: microLife (Twitter account of journal: @microLifeJrnl)

Short bio: : Elisa comes from Italy, where she studied Biotechnology for her Bachelor’s degree. She then moved to the University of Würzburg, Germany, for her Master’s, working on the investigation of Salmonella small proteins at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the same laboratory, focusing on the annotation and functional characterization of new small proteins involved in virulence.




Maša Zupančič

Journal: FEMS Microbes

Short bio: Maša Zupančič obtained her BSc in Biology and continued with MSc in Ecotehnologies due to her interest in environmental studies. After a year of working in the field of plant molecular genetics at Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, she left the world of plants and entered the world of microbes. Currently she is doing her PhD at National Institute of Biology, studying toxic cyanobacterial communities in surface waters.

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